There are three matches in the Super League on Friday night and as we head towards the mid-season split there are some really important games over the course of the evening as top flight safety becomes a real focus.
We have one match on TV which is the huge clash between the Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity while the other two matches will be regular updates on the TV broadcast and the social media feeds of all the sides. We’ll begin the preview with the TV match.
Leeds Rhinos vs Wakefield Trinity
After Thursday evening’s results the two clubs either side of the Super League split meet in one of the biggest matches of the season at Headingley when the Leeds Rhinos in ninth host the Wakefield Trinity in eighth.
This is one of the biggest matches Leeds have played in years. If they win this they will be within one point of their opponents with two matches left before the split. Lose and they will be four points adrift of safety and staring down the barrel of the qualifiers. A Wakefield win here will guarantee their safety and there can be no bigger incentive than that.
Leeds go into the contest off the back of eight successive losses in the Super League so Kevin Sinfield has a real big task on his hands. Wakefield are not in great form either so a nervy night is in store. While we like to recommend something in the TV matches when we can this is not an occasion we want to be thrusting our hard earned at.
Hull FC vs St Helens
The league leaders St Helens take on one of the tougher sides in the competition in Hull FC in what is actually the match of the night in terms of league position with Hull FC in fifth and needing victories to close in on the top four.
Hull’s injuries have hampered them all season whereas their opponents here have lost just twice in the entire campaign. That said, despite all their issues with injuries Hull FC have only lost once at home all season and that was a narrow loss to Wigan which is no disgrace by any means. I would expect Saints to get the job done here but they are no value against such a stubborn opponent.
Salford Red Devils vs Castleford Tigers
Second from bottom Salford Red Devils host the high flyers of Castleford Tigers in the other match of the night. The table suggests this should be the most one-sided match of the evening and the odds reflect that as well.
Castleford are being asked to cover a dozen points in this match which I don’t think is too much to ask because Salford are absolutely riddled with injuries at the minute. The Tigers wiped Leeds out last week and are hitting the form we saw from them last season and with their danders up I think there is every chance they could run riot on a second string of the Red Devils.
WON – Back Castleford Tigers (-12) to beat Salford Red Devils for a 4/10 stake at 2.00 with Bet365